Follow The Science

Following The Science

I heard the words “Follow the Science” so many times from 2020 into 2021. First, you can prove every good-faith statement either true or false. Second, in order to consider something “science”, it needs to follow the scientific method.

How to Follow the Science

Most children learn the elementary scientific method around first or second grade (ages 6-8). With the basic principles taught there, you can take apart most questions and determine a theory. Once you can prove a theory applies to every situation, you can call that theory a fact.

Introducing the Scientific Method

In order to follow the science, people should understand at the very least the elementary scientific method (Gauch, 2003):

1. Hypothesis FormulationIf I drop a ball on Earth, it falls to the ground.
2. Hypothesis TestingEvery time I drop a ball, it falls towards Earth.
3. Deductive and Inductive LogicInductive logic says that the ball fell every time I dropped it.
Deductive logic states that the ball continues to fall every time you drop it.
4. Controlled ExperimentsChanging the surface I drop the ball onto does not change my results.
Dropping the ball from varying heights does not change my results.
Altering the color of the ball does not change my results.
Changing the weight of the ball does not change my results.*
5. Interactions Between Data and TheoryThe data states that based on my experiments, my hypothesis continues to remain true. However, they didn’t take into account that you can fill a ball with an element that weighs less than air, making it float. I should adjust my hypothesis and retry my experiments.
6. Limits to Science’s DomainWithin the empirical limits of science, I can theorize that every time I drop a ball weighing more than air, I will observe it falling towards Earth.
*This statement fails to take into account the fact that an object can weigh less than air and that would change my results.

Following the Science/Scientific Facts

Establishing something as a scientific fact requires years, sometimes decades or centuries, of experimentation because of deviations in the data. However, many scientific facts already withstood the test of time, ranging back as far as the medieval ages.

Whenever I hear someone tell me to “follow the science”, I will ask them to explain the science to me. Albert Einstein is often quoted as saying, “If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you probably don’t understand it yourself.” Before you tell anyone to follow the science, you should certainly investigate it yourself.

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  • Cree Dalene began writing in 2002, for a short story competition. Over the years, Cree developed a love for sharing ideas. Soon that included sharing other skills like cooking, fitness, and programming.

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